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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1982 video game for the Atari 2600 that was released by Parker Brothers, and was also ported to the Intellivision.

In this game, you play Luke Skywalker, who must fly a snowspeeder across the snowy terrain of Hoth to keep the Imperial Walkers (AT-ATs) from reaching the Rebel base. A scanner at the bottom of the screen lets you know how many Walkers there are and how close they are getting to the base, which is on the right side of the scanner.

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This game, along with Star Wars: The Arcade Game and two other Star Wars-themed Atari 2600 games, were reviewed together in an episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd, as well as the first episode of Jontron's StarCade.

Not to be confused with the 1985 Atari arcade game of the same name.


This game provides examples of

  • Attack Its Weak Point: While the Walkers normally require forty-eight hits (thirty in the Intellivision) to take down, a flashing spot will occasionally appear on the Walker, which if the player strikes it will take down the Walker with one shot.
  • Endless Game: You play until you run out of speeders or the Walkers reach the Rebel base.
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: Similar to Defender.
  • Fan Remake: The homebrew Battle Of Hoth for the ColecoVision.
  • Hit Points: Your speeder can only take several hits before it is destroyed. You can land down in the valley at the bottom of the screen and get your speeder repaired a few times per speeder.
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  • Invincibility Power-Up: "The Force", which occasionally kicks on and gives you about several seconds of invulnerability while the Star Wars theme music plays.
  • Scoring Points: For each hit on the Imperial Walkers and for taking each one down.
  • Shoot 'em Up: Similar to Defender.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: See Invincibility Power-Up above.
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